The 2013 SEMA Auto Show is just around the corner, which means that a lot of autophiles in the country are gearing up for their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, over on the other side of the world, Japan is also preparing for its own auto show , and one manufacturer that’s already booked its ticket is Honda . At the event, the local automaker will present a new convertible concept that it hopes will translate into a production open-top sports-type-mini-vehicle.
The concept, called the S660, looks pretty similar to the EV-STER Concept that Honda introduced back in 2011 at the same event. The only difference is that the S660 will come with a traditional, albeit extremely small, 660 cc, three-cylinder turbocharged engine that is slated to produce 64 horsepower while being linked to a seven-speed CVT transmission.
It’s highly unlikely that the S660 will capture the imagination of speed freaks, but in fairness to Honda, whatever power the little sports coupe lacks, it sure as heck makes up for with a design that looks ready for production.
Too bad the car is anticipated to be a Japan-exclusive model, although a bigger version, possibly one that will come with an equally paltry 100-horsepower, 1.0-liter engine, could be available down the line for foreign markets.
Sure it’s no replacement for the axed S2000 , but a cool concept nonetheless.
Click past the jump to read about the Honda EV-STER Concept and to see more detail on the upcoming S660 concept.
The first rumors on a possible Honda roadster started back in 2010. Now that the S2000 has been laid to rest for quite a while, Honda is ready to move on to something else. According to reports, the Japanese automaker is seriously considering offering a new open-top sports car to take on the new Toyota GT 86 and the perennial leader in the class, the Mazda MX-5 .
A report from GT Channel claims that the new compact roadster will be "small, quick and light" and will come in at an affordable price. GT Channel also claims that the new roadster, which is internally known as the "S1500," is already on the drawing boards in Honda’s Tokyo headquarters.
The reports head into speculation from there, but there is one other tidbit that comes from a "source" in Honda, and that is the claim that this new roadster has a goal price of under $20,000..
We’ll leave this whole report at this... We have heard numerous claims that an S2000 successor is in the works, and we really want to believe them. However, we have to take any reports like this with a grain of salt because none have panned out yet.
Click past the jump to read more about the Honda S2000.
Honda announced the first details on its display lineup for the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon and it looks quite promising. The coolest model announced for Tokyo is the S2000 Modulo Climax — an S2000-based concept model that features cutting-edge aeroform design and a chic interior coordinated in black and burgundy.
No other details have been provided, but it looks like the concept’s outward appearance is quite similar to the production version S2000, sans some minor updates. The interior, on the other hand, looks fully updated, with lots of leather used on the seats, dashboard and steering wheel. For the interior, Honda opted for a black and burgundy red combination, matching the red used on the exterior.
We expect the S2000 Modulo Climax to be a hybrid vehicle, but we will have full details on it in January 2013 when the model will make its official debut in Tokyo.
There had been some reports floating around that DRB-Hicom was seeking a strategic partnership from a Japanese automaker lately, and we just received word that a deal is now in place. Proton will be teaming up with Honda to develop technology enhancements and a new product lineup, as well as share platforms and facilities.
For the most part, Proton builds cheap econoboxes for the UK market, so the direct team up is really not too inspiring. However, peeling back the skin a little bit, you reveal that this deal will likely include its subsidiary, Lotus . While Lotus would benefit greatly from having the technology that Honda has to offer and some financial relief by building certain components together, we are mostly interested in what this deal could potentially bring Honda.
Honda really doesn’t need Proton, as its econobox lineup is stout, but it is lacking a sports car, ever since the S2000 fizzled out in a fit of torque-lacking rage. With Lotus’ expertise being in the lightweight sports car realm and both Honda and Lotus looking for ways to build sports cars without taking on 100 percent of the risk, a team up between the two would be equally beneficial.
We all heard rumors about the S3000 a few years ago, and Lotus has the perfect line of 3.5-liter, V-6 engines sitting in its Evora lineup. So why not team up on a shared model?
According to reports, DRB-Hicom will be laying out Proton’s business plan next month, which will likely include Lotus updates, so we will keep an eye out for this new business plan, and how Honda and Lotus are involved.
After the Del Sol failed to grab buyers’ attention and the S2000 pretty much fizzled into nothingness after nine model years, Honda shelved its roadster-building practices for a few years. That being said, in a speech today, Honda’s CEO, Takanobu Ito, has announced that the automaker will again dive into the roadster-building realm, just not as deep as it was before.
According to his statements, Honda will release a new roaster in 2014, but there are two problems here. Problem No. 1, this roadster will only be available in the Japanese market, making us wonder if an S2000 successor will ever show up. Problem No. 2 is the fact that this new roadster will be based on one of the Honda’s “mini-vehicle” models. In other words, we are looking at something along the lines of a Geo Metro LSi convertible – if you even remember that slouch – not an S2000 successor.
According to Ito, this new roadster will feature “strong vehicle dynamics,” which sounds promising, but could ultimately be the typical automotive lip service. From what this sounds like, Honda is planning to actually produce a version of the EV-STER Concept that has been rumored to hit 60 mph in just 5 seconds and have a total electric range of 100 miles – okay, so maybe it’s a little cooler than the Metro LSi, but still not an S2000 replacement.
Given Honda’s tendency to let models hover in Asia for a while before releasing them worldwide, we anticipate that this new roadster will make its way to the U.S. after about two or three successful years. If it fails in the Japanese market, Honda will simply fold it up and act like it never happened.
Now for the big question; what will Honda name this new roadster? Will it bring back the much maligned Del Sol name or maybe finally cater to the purists that want the CRX name back so badly that they can taste it? We doubt that either name will make a comeback, but it would be kind of cool to see the CRX name again. The Del Sol, eh, not so much…
Click past the jump to read the full summary of the speech.
After Honda announced that the S2000 small roadster would be dropped, rumors started to circulate abouta successor for it . Today the British magazine AutoCar is offering new details on the future generation S2000. It will be a mid-engined, rear-drive model, most likely featuring a hybrid powertrain. The car will make its official debut in 2014.
The new S2000 will be based on a modified version of the Jazz platform. Rumors of the new S2000 being a hybrid model started because of Honda’s design chief, Nobuki Ebisawa who apparently sparked their curiousity about future hybrid models when he began talking about the new CR-Z : "That car is only one shape of Honda’s hybrid sports cars in the current age." So it is expected that the new S2000 will feature a larger petrol engine than the CR-Z’s unit combined with an electric motor. Featuring an aluminum construction, the new S2000 will be capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in only 6 seconds.>
The unfortunate demise of Honda’s light weight rear wheel drive roadster has sparked a tremendous amount of interest from driving enthusiasts about an S2000 successor, well good news, the Japanese automaker is planning on bringing a new fun to drive vehicle to market and it could be as early as 2012. However, according to the latest rumors about the new Honda, the only thing that the future automobile will have in common with the S2000 will be the number of doors.
The original S2000 was praised as a marvel of engineering, the F20C 2.0 Liter naturally aspirated four cylinder engine made well over 100 HP/Liter with the help of V-TEC, this set a new standard for lightweight high output engines that was previously seen with Mazda ’s 13B turbocharged rotary power plant. The future Honda sports car will feature a lineup of low emission engines that will be tuned more for economy than for fun. Unfortunately for those who adored the S2000 for bringing back the light weight rear wheel drive sports coupe, the future model will be driven by the front wheels.
Unlike the S2000’s rag top, the successor will feature a retractable hardtop, an added luxury over the previous model, but at the cost of a few extra pounds. In order to compensate for the extra weight, the successor to Honda’s memorable roadster will utilize a hybrid drive train, most likely the same unit that will go into the upcoming Honda CR-Z.
With talks of a new S2000 hitting showrooms and despite the Japanese automaker’s release of the Ultimate Edition signaling the end of an era, there are still new car buyers looking for an affordable, attractive and exciting rear wheel drive coupe. Now this isn’t the best environment to be selling sports cars, but the Honda S2000 is such a great car that it would be criminal not to be able to buy one.
The other day Top Speed showed you a wild WRC inspired Subaru Impreza STI . Just like the aggressively sharp wedge shaped World Rally Blue hatchback this take on the future S2000 is equally as extreme. That is mainly because they were both designed by the same guy, he goes by the name Grid, but his real name is Lars Martensson. The Swedish artist is pretty handy with his 3D imaging software and is making quite a mark with these outlandish designs.
From the emblem in the middle of the grill to the headlights that slope back up over the hood, this concept looks like a scaled down Nissan GT-R . So Honda, even if you can’t justify manufacturing a fun to drive rear wheel drive roadster anymore, at least make this car a reality, wrap this virtual sheet metal around a high revving Honda engine with VTEC. A Definitive Edition concept would do just fine.
On Monday Honda announced the 2009 will be the final year for the S2000 roadster . To commemorate the high-revver’s final year the event the company will reveal a special edition S2000 for Europe. It’s called the Ultimate Edition, and we’ll see first in it Geneva right before it hits the showrooms.
The Ultimate Edition S200 is painted in a Grand Prix White exterior color and comes with graphite colored alloy wheels. Inside gets red leather furnishings and red stitching on the accessories. Ultimate Editions will be marked out by their unique numbered plaques on the kickplates, denoting their position in the series.
It will be powered by the same 2.0-liter 9000 rpm VTEC engine that delivers 240 hp. There has been not special edition marked for the U.S. yet, but we’d be perfectly happy even if Honda would drop a few regular S2000s on our doorstep on its way out of town.
Earlier this month we got word that Honda canceled the S2000’s replacement. From that we knew the days were numbered for the aging high-revving roadster. Now Honda has officially announced that 2009 will be the last year for the S2000.
First premiering in 1999, the S2000 had a quick-shifting transmission, striking looks, and 9,000 RPM redline that made it exceptionally great. Although there inernal pieces of the car were reworked in 2004, the car remained relatively untouched for a decade. This allowed the competitors like the BMW Z4 andNissan 350/370Z roadster to catch up, leaving the 2009 model to be reduced to only great.
We’ll miss the spunky little Japanese rocket, and Honda if you’re reading this, just because the S2000 is discontinued doesn’t mean there still isn’t a spot for it in our fleet (please).